KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The Ugandan military on Wednesday said it has
beefed up security at the refugee settlements hosting over one
million displaced South Sudanese over reports of rebel
Karemire, Ugandan military spokesperson told Xinhua in an
interview that security had been beefed up because of some
elements in Sudan People’s Liberation Army In the Opposition (SPLA-IO)
trying to recruit rebels to fight the South Sudan government.
“This is by all
means an illegal activity and the security forces have taken
appropriate action. Uganda is not a ground for any illegal
activities that are likely to destabilize a brotherly
neighborhood country,” he said.
spokesperson warned the SPLA-IO, led by former vice President
Riek Machar exiled in South Africa against attempting to recruit
the refugees hosted to join their ranks.
“We always encourage
a peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan and that is
why our leader and president [Yoweri Museveni] has been
instrumental in trying to ensure there is peace working within
the framework of IGAD [The Intergovernmental Authority on
Development] and African Union and supported by our
international partners,” said Karemire.
forces last month arrested Col. John Data alias Tom Chadiga in
the northwestern district of Koboko for trying to illegally
recruit South Sudan refugees and Ugandan youths to join the
Data who is still
under Police Force detention for further investigations is
expected to be produced in court for prosecution.
Local media here
report that many Ugandan youths and South Sudan refugees are
secretly being wooed and recruited to fight alongside the
opposition fighters to oust President Salva Kiir.
Uganda is host to
more than one million South Sudan refugees. The influx of the
refugees was sparked off by fighting in 2013 between troops
loyal to Kiir and those supporting Machar.